Song Yi quickly cut off Su Tang’s nonsense talk and, at the same time, let her know that he knew that what she was saying was nonsense and warning her to knock it off.
When she heard Song Yi’s warning, Su Tang covered her head pitifully and said, “Understood!”
But when she looked up and saw that Song Yi was about to knock her again, she hastened to add, “But what’s the point of getting married unless I find an excellent, powerful, great, and affectionate man like you master? If I can’t find a man as good as master, what’s even the point?”
Seeing his master suddenly start to shamelessly brown-nose, the orange cat narrowed his eyes and waved his tail around in a manner that conveyed one word: Disdain!
Su Tang: ‘Haha, you four-legged beast, just wait!
The orange cat that was shot while lying down: …
In the end, whether due to Su Tang’s flattery or something else entirely, Song Yi didn’t force Su Tang to come and live in the Song residence. Instead, he asked Pengmo to send them to the courtyard that Luo Xingchen had rented for now.
He decided to let Su Tang have a good rest today and then come to the Song residence to continue her studies tomorrow.
“Young miss, young master, are you both alright?” Zhang Cuilan and Baohe had both been worried when they saw how heavily it had snowed the night before, and then they were even more worried when Su Tang and her brother didn’t arrive at the usual time in the morning. Because of that, they had gone to take a look at the entrance of town earlier this morning.
But when they saw that the road was impassable, they realized that they had no choice but to wait. Now when they finally saw Su Tang and her brother come to their courtyard, they felt very relieved, and Zhang Cuilan looked the two children over carefully to make sure neither of them had been injured.
Seeing their worried expressions, the siblings gave comforting smiles as they walked inside. Su Tang said, “It’s nothing much. It’s just that the house in Sujia Village collapsed, so we will live here from today on. Miss Lan, please tidy up the room in the east wing for the young master to live in. Just take all the finished soap to the shed behind the main building from now on.”
Su Tang issued some instructions to Zhang Cuilan, and the older woman immediately agreed. At the same time, Baohe headed to the kitchen to fetch hot water.
But when Su Nuo heard his sister say to clean up the room in the east wing, he looked at her with disbelief, “Sister won’t live with me anymore?”
The little guy had always been living together with his sister ever since he could remember, but now Su Tang suddenly said he was going to live on his own. Hearing that, he looked pitiful and aggrieved.
When Su Tang saw this, she sat him down, held his hand, and said seriously, “Xiao Nuo, you are already six years old this year. In the past, we lived in a barn so we were always together, and after that, we lived in a house with only one kang bed, so we were together again…”
“But Xiao Nuo, you are growing up now, and you will need your own space. Don’t you also want your own room? A room that it for you and for you alone, where you can put whatever you want and decorate however you like?”
“I’m not leaving you, we just won’t sleep in the same room anymore. But I’ll always be here, right next door. Except for bedtime at night, we’ll always be together, the same as always.”
Seeing how down the little guy was, Su Tang explained everything to him patiently. Of course, in the first place, Su Tang had never liked sleeping with other people but before this she had no choice but to endure because of the circumstances she had been in. At most, she had been able to slip away into her space from time to time to keep herself from going insane.
But now, if she could finally have her own room, she would definitely be more comfortable. And besides, children always wanted to be more independent when they grew up. Even though the little guy seemed a bit unwilling right now, in a year or two he wouldn’t want to sleep in the same room with her even if she asked him to.
Meanwhile, when Su Nuo had heard that he could decorate his own room, he began to feel a little moved. His own room, ah! For the little guy who had always been forced to ‘contribute’ everything he earned to his family ever since he could remember, he had never thought of anything as truly being his.
But recently things had begun to change. Slowly, he found that he had his own pocket money, his own new clothes, his own snacks, and now, even his own room.
Su Tang was also trying to slowly ease the little guy into living a life that was better and better than ever before. Of course, in the past, there was no other way. But she wanted to show him that they now had the resources to do better, and also teach him that, obviously, a sister and brother can’t live together in one room their whole lives.